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Mr. Lang, who represents the riding of Saskatoon-Humboldt attended the Saskatchewan Indian All Chiefs Conference on behalf of Indian Affairs Minister J. Hugh Faulkner, who was participating in a meeting in Edmonton with the Indian Association of Alberta.
The funding approval is dependent on the province contributing 50 per cent of the college's 1977-78 estimated total costs, under existing cost sharing arrangements with the federal government.
The college was established as a federated college of the University of Regina in May, 1976 to offer degree programs in Indian-related studies. At present, 87 students are enrolled in the college's B.A. program in Indian Studies. Accredited courses are also offered in Indian social work, guidance counselling and art. Although emphasis is placed on developing culturally compatible services for Indian and Inuit students both on and off campus, under the federation agreement the college is open to any student.
The existence of the college is an indication of the importance the FSI attaches to professional post-secondary education under Indian control.
In making the announcement, Mr. Lang said, "This funding assistance will enable the Saskatchewan Indian Federated College to continue to provide a significant educational service to the Indian people."